Track and field runs away with it


T.J. Amato

Even with the rain, the Radford University track and field team picked up wins this weekend from freshman Chris Dobbins in the 110 meter hurdles and sophomore Phillip Hovatter in the long jump as the team prepared for the Big South Championships at the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Invitational.

Taking home his first 110-meter title, Dobbins won the competition with a time of 14.61. Hovatter cleared his personal-best in the long jump by seven inches to take home first place at the competition.

Sophomore Kaise White recorded a second place finish in the 200-meter after racing to a time of 22.15.  Senior Raschad Kelso gained a third place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 49.22.

Junior Brett Ollinger, fresh off his record-breaking performance last weekend, earned himself another top three performance and the second-best mark in the program’s history with 52.79.

Junior Curtis Hodge placed third with a 55.70-meter hammer throw. With another top three mark, Hodge has now placed top three in five consecutive events.

The freshman women had a good showing as well, with just a couple of competitors. Freshman Lakei Crews earned a third place finish in the 100-meter at 12.82 and freshman Courtni Pannell finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.01. Freshman Kaleice Green hurled a personal-best 10.88-meter ball in the shot put competition to finish in third and freshman Samantha Reddington finished the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.03, good for third place.

The Highs will continue racing on Thursday, April 21 at the Big South Outdoor Championships at the Virginia Military Institute with men’s javelin beginning at 9 a.m.